A Half instead of a Full

Apr 23, 2022

I am not one to back down easily, especially when it comes to a physical competition. But when my body tells it can't do it. Well, I can't do it.

Thus, at the start of April, as my training for a marathon was coming to a head, my body decided that it was not ready. On April 1, I ran 17 miles and it was awful. Horrible. Painful. My legs felt heavy. I was tired. I felt frustrated. As I push myself to run further, I realized that I was feeling this at at mile 12. Now, I had been training diligently since Thanksgiving. For the first time in my running life, I was not hurting. But I took a year off from running because of surgery and clearly the body was not ready for such an ambitious task. Thus, the 17 mile run ended many weeks of hard training and I wrote the Avenue of the Giants Marathon and went down to a half marathon. 

Ultimately, it will be for the best. I will get done faster. I will be more relaxed and heck, I might even PR. I do feel somewhat defeated because when I signed up for this marathon in 2019, I was in the best shape of my life. I was healthy and strong and could run 20 miles without a problem. Two years later, I aged very quickly and have been dealing with some irritating health issues. Instead of feeling powerful, I see my mortality playing out. I will be 48 in a few months and like many before me, the aging process can be rough. I am not giving up. Just hitting a reset button. The training has given me renewed confidence and a healthy outlook. I have lost a lot of weight and feel that spring in my step I have not felt in quite some time. My goal remains that I would like to complete 7 marathons in my life. Maybe it will happen, maybe it won't. I will try and if my body won't let me, so be it. As I write this on April 22, 2022, I have three runs left. I will set aside a new goal after next weekend, but the focus will be to finish the Half, which will be my sixth Half. Not too shabby for a 48-year-old who had a double hernia.

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